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this is bbc news, i'm david eades. our top stories: american, french and british military forces join recovery efforts after hurricane irma leaves tens of thousands homeless and millions without power. mynamar under pressure to protect civilians and allow 400,000 rohinghya refugees to return from bangladesh. and flying into syria, the russian military gives the media a rare tour into aleppo. we have a special report. in business, ten generations on. apple releases its anniversary iphone. it has better cameras, can do augmented reality and it recognises your face. but is it worth the wait? and also is it worth the high price? and also is it worth the high price? and we are at the frankfurt motor show were more weird and wonderful ca i’s show were more weird and wonderful cars are unveiled as the world's
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leading automakers race to plug in. —— where. hello and welcome to bbc news. clean—up efforts have begun in the wake of hurricane irma. the worst—affected areas are in the caribbean where seventeen thousand people desperately need shelter, with some still short of food and drinking water. it's believed that 37 people were killed on the islands. 0ur correspondent laura bicker has been to the remote island ofjost van dyke in the british virgin islands and sent this report. the idyllic shores and secluded bays ofjost van dyke were no match for hurricane irma's wrath. she tore through the island, stripping away years of hard work
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in just a few hours. this would normally be a place to escape to. some may now describe it as a place to escape from. but not those who live here. this was the bar here. seddy callwood has lost everything he built — his bar, his restaurant, and his home. and yet, he is determined to start again. so first have to clean it up. first get it cleaned it up, like, take out all this stuff. a lot of work. do you think you've got the money to do it? no, but i've got the... those picking through the remains of their lives need the tourists to come back. nearly a million visitors spend $450 million a year in the british virgin islands. white sands is one of the most exclusive beaches in the whole of the british virgin islands. every decimated building that you see was a bar, a restaurant, someone‘s main income. and they will need to be rebuilt if this island is to survive. at fox's bar, they've been feeding
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locals rather than visitors. they've already managed to get some things back up and running, a sign that there is the spirit to rebuild. have you got the determination to do this? do we have the determination to...?! you ask a very simple question! no, we have the determination and actually, when everybody who needs to leave, or would like to leave, gets off the island, which will happen pretty soon, i think the rest of us can really refocus our efforts on what needs to be done. before the storm, the biggest marina on tortola would welcome yacht owners from around the world. cash and jobs flowed from here. but hurricane irma has beached millions of dollars‘ worth of boats into a tethered, tangled mess. it will take some time. the owners know hundreds of livelihoods depend on a quick recovery. there are so many people here who have invested 20 years of their life and more into this, and we can'tjust see it go away. so it is obviously a daunting
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prospect, but it is literally a day at a time right now. 0ptimism in the face of an overwhelming task. having survived such a horrific storm, the focus now is on how to live in its aftermath. laura bicker, bbc news, tortola. the french president, emmanuel macron, is on the french territory of st martin, which was badly hit by irma. at least 15 people were killed there. mr macron assessed the damage on the caribbean island and vowed to help people rebuild their homes and businesses. he told reporters that france was preparing one of the biggest airlifts of aid since world war ii. and britain's foreign secretary has flown to the caribbean. borisjohnson met british troops in barbados who were preparing aid for british territories devastated by the hurricane. he's due to visit anguilla and the british virgin islands.
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more than 1,000 uk soldiers will be in the region by the end of the week to help the aid effort. us officials say 12 people are known to have died as a result of hurricane irma in florida. there are fuel and power shortages, as well as long trafficjams, as residents return to their homes. the worst hit area was the florida keys, where a quarter of houses are believed to have been destroyed. on thursday, president trump is due to visit florida. during the hurricane, one family became a bit of an internet sensation by live streaming during the storm. michael conermann‘s fiancee, melissa, worked at the marlin gas station in tavernier, florida. they had hunkered down for the storm. it is just at the start of the florida keys from the mainland.
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he used the time they were shut in to share what they were going through. were all safe. i love you, ma'am. this is it. this is the weather. look, the way the building is facing, it's facing away from the ocean, the double doors have received no wind impact. this, this is power! presidents, world leaders, nup, they don't have power, i'm sorry. mother nature, you've got it. mother nature is one upping everyone! 0n the line is melissa stabile, who rode out the hurricane in the gas station with her fiancee michael. thank you forjoining us. listening
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to michael and talking over that extraordinary storm, it sounded dangerously exhilarating for him? extraordinary storm, it sounded dangerously exhilarating for him7m was quite a rush, david. it was definitely something... you know, living in the florida keys, i've been through quite a few hurricanes but nothing like this. obviously incredibly dangerous at the same time and a sense of a wasteland opening up before his eyes from the footage we saw them were you not anxious that once he stepped out of the door he could be in danger?” was. we felt pretty safe in this building, it is 11! inch concrete, concrete roofs, we are at the highest point on our island so i felt safe. we could barely hear anything but a bit of whistling in the building itself. thankfully because of the way the building was positioned and the way the hurricane came at us, we
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positioned and the way the hurricane came at us, we were positioned and the way the hurricane came at us, we were able to actually stand right outside that door with nothing. well, looking now, we're looking at some of the pictures of the aftermath, the damage done. it is armageddon it looks like. did you appreciate just how much damage you thought was coming your way? funny, there's a lot of damage. i actually snuck into the lower keys earlier this morning because they blocked off the road at mile marker 7a at 7am, they're off the road at mile marker 7a at 7am, they‘ re no off the road at mile marker 7a at 7am, they're no longer letting anyone go down there and anyone who leaves, they‘ re anyone go down there and anyone who leaves, they're not letting them backin leaves, they're not letting them back in —— honey. it is absolute destruction. what's it been like at the gas station? people want to get back in, they all must be ferrying through your place of work and talking to you about their anxieties? it's been chaos, it's been utter chaos. it took us a very long time to be able to get fuel and then when we got fuel we weren't
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able to give it to this billions right away, we had to make sure our first responders were able to go out and do theirjob. it's going to create a huge rents of obviously lost but community as well i imagine, everyone would want to pitch in and do what they can to help —— sense. pitch in and do what they can to help -- sense. i'm actually quite surprised at the humanity i've been seeing in my locals. everyone is pitching in to help everyone else. that's always good to hear. i know it's late there, melissa, thank you very much for talking to us. not a problem, david. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the head of the eu's powerful executive, commission president jean—claude juncker, is to give his annual state of the european union address in strasbourg in a few hours' time. mrjuncker is expected to call for member states to decide the future direction they want the eu to take, after britain leaves the world's largest trading bloc. the venezuelan opposition has refused to take part in direct talks
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with president nicolas maduro's government in the dominican republic later on wednesday. the opposition coalition said it wouldn't enter talks until the government agreed to meet a number of demands, including addressing the country's humanitarian crisis and releasing all political prisoners. hope hicks has now officially been named as the trump administration's communications director. she'd been filling the post for the past few weeks and her confirmation makes her the third person to get the job on a permanent basis since president trump took office. at 28 years of age, old she's taken on what is widely seen as one of the most powerful positions in washington, shaping the administration's public messages. now to one of the most powerful people in the bbc, sally. now to one of the most powerful people in the bbc, sallym now to one of the most powerful people in the bbc, sally. if only that were true! i was thinking when you were reading that out, third time lucky? 28! goodness me! i'll
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try and get her on my programme and give her a grilling. this year is the tenth anniversary of the iphone and the latest version has a new screen, new camera, no home button, and a big price tag of $1,000. but will it be enough to drive growth at the world's biggest listed company? the firm's share price has soared over the past few months. since december last year it's climbed more than 50% and is nowjust over $160 a share. but not everything is well at the tech giant. it's been struggling in china, where it's losing market share to competitors. in the last quarter its revenue in the country fell by 9.5% tojust over $8 billion.
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and a big question, is apple innovating fast enough to compete with its rivals? 0ur north america technology reporter dave lee went to the launch and played with it. he will take it for a spin. it's all about electricity. we return to the frankfurt autoshow for more reports on the very latest trends in the global automotive industry. our very own theo leggett has been test driving the latest goodies. and we've got some more business stories as ever, it's notjust about technology and gadgets today. for once! see you later. always plenty of it. pressure is growing on myanmar to end the violence which has sent almost 400,000 rohingya muslims fleeing to bangladesh.
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the united states has called for the protection of civilians while the bangladesh government has urged for safe zones to be set up in myanmar to enable refugees to go home. later on wednesday the united nations security council will discuss the crisis. violence flared in rakhine state last month after attacks by militants on police posts provoked a military offensive against the rohingyas. ronan lee is a researcher at deakin university in melbourne, where he specialises in rohingya history and identity, hejoins me live now. ronan, thanks very much forjoining us. ronan, thanks very much forjoining us. cani ronan, thanks very much forjoining us. can i just... ronan, thanks very much forjoining us. can ijust... but we have a un security council meeting later in the day, and it is behind closed doors, what does that tell you about the priority i suppose being put on this issue? well, it has quite clearly a high priority. this is a
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man—made humanitarian catastrophe. it's important it's discussed at the security council but it's important they take action and they haven't done that yet. there is close to half a million people who tonight are going to spend an asian monsoon living under tarpaulins and they need action immediately from the security council. the message even now would seem to be there's not going to be an awful lot of you nanyn omitted on the security council for concrete measures to be called for —— unanimously. where does that leave us? in the past this matter has been raised with the security council and china, who myanmar describes as its friend, of course prevented action. but we've seen course prevented action. but we've seen strong words today from the white house, which i think is a very welcome involvement in this event. the white house has issued a statement saying they do not believe
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myanmar‘s military is protecting civilians, and that i think is a very important statement ahead of the security council discussion. this has been described by un officials as a textbook case of ethnic cleansing. but let's call it what it is, this is an active genocide. these are the policies we are seeing put in place by myanmar‘s military over the last two weeks and their consistent with the sorts of policies the rohingya have suffered through for decades now. you know the myanmar government's position remains the same, that there is bonding to violence against themselves. nonetheless, given the circumstances here, ronan, when bangladesh says myanmar, you should create safe zo nes bangladesh says myanmar, you should create safe zones on your side of the border to look after these people so they can go back there, what chance on earth is there of those refugees thinking, 0k, we'll do that, we'll go back across the border. they simply won't return unless they
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feel confident they will be safe to do so. if the decision—makers on the ground are the army in myanmar then the rohingya won't want to return, and that is why the un needs to be involved. they have a responsibility to protect civilians. if bangladesh, it is unreasonable to expect bangladesh long—term to accept the consequences of a genocide policy by myanmar, so if the rohingya return it is going to have to be a return under the auspices and protection of the united nations. it is not good enough to provide humanitarian aid and say ok, now you have to return to the same policies and practices that you have suffered through four decades. they need protection and they need to feel confident that they need to feel confident that they have that protection. and the united nations is the body to do that. thank you very much indeed. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: what will they build next? we get exclusive access to the creators of mojang, the company behind minecraft.
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freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here — of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites, in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears — enough! translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: american, french and british military forces have joined recovery efforts after hurricane irma left tens of thousands homeless and millions without power. pressure is growing on mynamar to protect civilians and allow 400,000 rohinghya refugees to return from bangladesh. the un is set to hold a security meeting council on wednesday. in damascus the syrian leader president assad has held a meeting with russia's defence minister sergei shoigu to discuss the fight against terrorism. the russians now claim that 85% of syrian territory has been cleared of illegal armed groups. 0ur correspondent steve rosenberg is the only british tvjournalist with the russian army
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at an airbase near latakia, and he's sent this report. this is the russian air base near latakia. it is the heart of the russian military operations in syria. an operation which has changed the course of the war. it is nearly two years since moscow launched intervention in syria and now the army has invited journalists here to give its perspective on how the operation is going. translation: as of today 85% of syrian territory has been liberated from militants of illegal armed groups. we have taken off on illegal armed groups. we have taken offona illegal armed groups. we have taken off on a russian military plane and we are heading somewhere, i don't know where. when you are on a guided tour around syria with the russian army they never tell you where they are taking you. we have been brought
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toa are taking you. we have been brought to a school in the city of aleppo to show that life is returning to normal here. we think russia and the president of russia need peace, love peace, working for peace in all the world and we are really thankful for russia and for the president of russia. it is quite clear that a large part of sergei —— aleppo lies in ruins. what russia is trying to demonstrate even if it feels stage—managed is gradually life is returning to this city and that russia is playing a part in that. emergency crews have begun a huge clean—up operation after an oil tanker sank close to the island
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of salamis near the greek capital of athens. coastguards say an entire bay on the southeast of the island has been covered by oil. the spill stretches overan area of1.5km. sarah corker reports. a picturesque greek bay turned black by this thick sludge. every wave dumping more oil onshore. 0fficials have described it as an environmental disaster. a tanker carrying more than 2000 tons of fuel sank on sunday. polluting the waters and coastline around the island of salamis. fishermen have been told to avoid the area. translation: salamis. fishermen have been told to avoid the area. translatiosz salamis. fishermen have been told to avoid the area. translation: it is such a disaster. i don't know if this place will be able to live again. i can't understand how this happened. we used to go into sea and the fish were biting off. they were literally biting us. and now this negligence. i can't fathom it. the
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cleanup has started but the slick covers a n area cleanup has started but the slick covers an area of 1.i've kilometres and it is likely to take many months ——1.5km. the 45—year—old and it is likely to take many months —— 1.5km. the 45—year—old vessel and it is likely to take many months ——1.5km. the 45—year—old vessel had been anchored near salamis island around 25 kilometres west of the capital, allens, when it began to leak. the captain and the chief engineer were charged with negligence and released on bail. it is still unclear what caused the sinking. an emergency pumping operation to remove the oil is expected to begin today. but the big concern is if the wind direction changes, the slick could spread further. later this year, mojang, the company behind minecraft, are launching an update called better together, which means gamers on different platforms will be able to play together. minecraft are adding public servers, so kids could end up playing with people they don't know. and while the game has safety measures, it falls to the parents
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to trigger them. ricky boleto from the bbc‘s children programme, newsround, has been to mojang's hq in stockholm to find out more about the changes. minecraft, one of the most popular games on record. since it was released in 2009 it has sold more than 120 million copies. in 2014 microsoft paid £1.8 billion for mojang, minecraft‘s swedish creator, based here in stockholm. it is where the teamwork on the latest updates of the game and we have been given exclusive access to talk to the minds behind minecraft. in a short space of time this virtual world of building blocks has taken on super mario and pokemon to become one of the most popular computer games second only to tetris. and later
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this year the developers will launch better together, a new version of minecraft that has raised some questions. with a major update on the way allowing fans to play on a number of different devices like the xbox and nintendo switch, other team worried here about children's safety? we are always working to do more because online safety is so important to us. we have tools and pa rental controls important to us. we have tools and parental controls in place for pa rents to parental controls in place for parents to take an active look at who their kids are playing with. but the onus is on parents and adults to change the settings, which isn't a lwa ys change the settings, which isn't always straightforward. and as children have been telling cbbc newsround, greeting is an issue that they worry about. it can mean a lot of different things but usually it means you are going in and ruining someone means you are going in and ruining someone else's goodtime —— griefing. if someone is bothering you you shouldn't play with them. and if you are ina shouldn't play with them. and if you are in a realm than you can un white list them and there are other ways
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you can block players. like many games on the market minecraft is becoming social. players can access different service to share their bills sometimes with strangers. disabling chat mode is one way to deal that. and what about the amount of time children spend playing the game? you are playing four hours a day, is it too much? that is a tough one. it depends on who it is. five hours? laughter. you could definitely put a limit and a number on it. i think it would be different for different people. now, to a launch of a very different kind, we are showing you some pictures relating to the international space station, two nasa astronauts and one russian cosmonaut, have reached their destination six hours after the blast off from kazakhstan. you're
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watching bbc news. hi there. wet and windy weather will continue to push eastwards over the next few hours. we've already had some fairly lively gusts around our most exposed coastal locations around england and wales. typically into the 50mph or 60mph. the met office though have issued an amber weather warning, for strong winds with gusts forecast to reach up to 75mph. that warnings in force across parts of north wales, north england, the north midlands, across towrads lincolnshire and norfolk as well. this is the first named storm of the season eileen. the strongest winds on the southern flank of the low, particuallrly out towards the north sea as we get towards wednesday morning. but it will still be very blustery across a swathe of north—east england, across yorkshire, lincolnshire and on towards norkfolk as well. given that the leaves are all still onthe trees, well, these winds strong enough to bring down some tree branches, maybe old trees, so there is the potential for some localised transport disruption, perhaps one or two power cuts as well. through the rest of the day it stays pretty blustery. there'll be plenty of showers in the forecast through wednesday, widely across the uk,
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but always most frequently across the north and west, wheresome will be heavy with some hail and thunder mixed in. feeling cool as well. just 12 degrees in glasgow. fewer showers towards the south—east, but no—one is immune. as we go through wednesday night, further clumpsof showers working southwards across the country. given the winds turning to a more northerly direction, and despite the breeze, it will turn out to be quite a chilly night. temperatures getting down into single figures. what about the forecast then, to take us into thursday? well, it's another day of sunshine and showers, with the winds again coming in from north, north—westerly direction. the showers always most frequent across the north western areas. the fewest showers towards the south and east but, again, just about anyone could catch a shower at some point during the day. it's not going to feel particularly warm. temperatures ranging from around 18 degrees or so towards the london area. 13 or 14 degrees across scotland and northern ireland. bit disappointing really for this stage of september. 0n towards friday, high pressure builds towards the west of the uk. those winds turn increasingly
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to the north, with showers coming down towards the north sea. so the big question through friday, and indeed on to the weekend is will thermostat wars break out in your house? is it time for the heating to go on? temperatures of 12 degrees in the north, factor in the wind — you will feel like ther‘s an autumnal chill in the air. that's your weather. this is bbc world news, the headlines: american, french and british military forces have joined recovery efforts after hurricane irma left thousands homeless and millions without power. the united nations security council is to discuss the persecution of rohingya people in myanmar. almost 400,000 refugees have poured across the border into bangladesh since the end of august. north korea has threatened the us with the greatest pain after new sanctions were imposed cuase of its nuclear tests. russia and china have called on the us to resolve the crisis with negotiations. the head of the eu's powerful executive, commission president jean—claude juncker, is to give his annual state of the european union address in strasbourg in a few hours' time.
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